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Start Your Own Business in Day Care Administration


Course Code: MSC106

HOURS: 330



COST: $3,785.00




This course prepares students for the Council for Professional Recognition Child Development Associate (CDA) certification exam. The Council for Professional Recognition Child Development Associate (CDA) certification exam is broken into four areas (students just have to choose one that fits the setting they want to work in):

  • Center-Based, Preschool - Work with children ages 3-5 years old
  • Center-Based, Infant-Toddler - Work with children ages birth-36 months
  • Family Child Care - Work with children ages birth-5 years old
  • Home Visitor - Work with families of children ages birth-5 years old

All areas require the following prerequisites before submitting your application:

  • Earn a high school diploma, GED or be enrolled as a junior or senior in a high school career and technical program in early childhood education.
  • Complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training, covering the growth and development of children ages 3 to 5 years old, with no fewer than 10 training hours in each of the eight CDA subject areas.

Each area then has additional requirements after submitting your application. More information on those individual requirements can be found here:


Course Overview:

In this course, we will become familiar with the development and management of a child daycare center, including such elements as child development theories, legal cons.

The purpose of this course is to give the student tools, information, and strategies to equip them in a way that will give them the best chance of success when starting a business.  We will discuss topics such as risk, economics, the global market, ethics, legal considerations, organization, human resources, and marketing. As a student reads, completes practices and assignments, discusses with others, and takes assessments, he or she will gain a practical understanding of the components of a small business and the steps that one takes to create and establish that business, from the idea, to the business plan, to the strategies for helping that business to succeed and grow.


Course Outline:

Day Care Administration Career Prep Curriculum:

Lesson 1: Managing Children's Centers in the 21st Century

Lesson 2: Types of Child Development Programs

Lesson 3: Applying Theories in Managing a Child Development Center

Lesson 4: Reflective Management

Lesson 5: Organizational Management

Lesson 6: Fiscal Management

Lesson 7: Personnel Management

Lesson 8: Human Relations

Lesson 9: Facilities Management

Lesson 10: Managing Health and Safety Issues

Lesson 11: Managing Food Service

Lesson 12: Educational Programming

Lesson 13: Family Engagement

Lesson 14: Marketing and Public Relations

Lesson 15: Assessment and Evaluation

Become an Entrepreneur Curriculum:

Lesson 1: Entrepreneurial Pathways

Lesson 2: Who are Your Customers?

Lesson 3: Integrated Marketing

Lesson 4: Show Me the Money: Finding, Securing, and Managing It

Lesson 5: Operating a Small Business Effectively

Lesson 6: Leadership, Ethics, and Exits

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.

Hardware Requirements:

  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)

Operating System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

 Web Browser Requirements:

  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari

Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):

  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **


If you would like to discuss your options with someone from Adult and Continuing Education, please call (904) 826-8643 or email:



Flagler College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts degrees.  Non-degree, non-credit training and development programs are not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges, and the accreditation of Flagler College does not extend to or include these programs or its students.  Flagler College does not accept course work from these programs for credit toward any award.